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Re: [css3-flexbox] One final round of bikeshedding on property/value names?

From: Morten Stenshorne <mstensho@opera.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2012 10:24:01 +0200
To: fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net>
Cc: www-style@w3.org
Message-ID: <87ty0eerq6.fsf@aeneas.oslo.osa>
fantasai <fantasai.lists@inkedblade.net> writes:

> On 04/19/2012 11:17 AM, Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:
>> On Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 1:22 PM, Daniel Holbert<dholbert@mozilla.com>  wrote:
>>> I'm not a fan of "display: flex" -- it sounds to me like it's saying
>>> "this element is flexible".  I think we're explicitly trying to avoid
>>> giving that impression. (since it's the _kids_ that are flexible)
>>> It would also be a little odd / counterintuitive that the "flex"
>>> property would have no effect on an element with "display:flex", in
>>> usual circumstances.
>>> 'display: flex-group' sounds better to me.
>> I'm not very concerned about people being concerned about
>> "display:flex" indicating the element itself is flexible - "flexbox"
>> has the same concern, and people seem okay with that.
>> However, it is kinda weird that 'flex' doesn't work on an element with
>> "display:flex". ^_^
>> Since "flex-group" received several votes, and it addresses fantasai's
>> and Anton's feedback, I'll switch to that.
> There was an earlier proposal for a 'flex-group' property IIRC,
> does this interact all right with that if we decide to add it
> later?

About as "all right" as the 'flex' value and the 'flex' property, I'd


Just like what's being proposed for 'flex', the 'flex-group' property
was meant for the flexbox items, while the value is considered to be
used on their parents.

FWIW, I'm somewhat in favor of 'display:flex'. It's short, and it
doesn't have 'box' in the name. :) All we have to is get used to is the
noun "flex", which refers to a container that holds "flex items".

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